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10849854_927612733916745_8688279727671056021_nOne of the region’s top brass bands is hoping for a festive treat of its own when it  performs some seasonal favourites for Christmas shoppers.

The historic Royal Buckley Brass Band will be accepting donations to help pay for the upkeep of their band room and to replace a flat roof.

The band will be performing at the Eagles Meadow shopping centre in Wrexham alongside the Glyndwr University Community Choir on Thursday, December 18. The evening will be compered by Calon FM’s Steve Dwight.

Shoppers will be able to join in the carol singing around the shopping centre’s giant Christmas tree as song sheets will be handed out ahead of the community event.

The band was formed in 1822 and is only one of four brand bands in the UK to be allowed to use the “Royal” title – the others are the Royal Oakley from Blaenau Ffestintiog, the Nantlle Vale Royal and the Royal Doulton from the Potteries.

Chair Steve Pugh Jones is delighted the band has been invited to once again perform at Eagles Meadow.

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small business saturday copyThis year Small Business Saturday UK is back and is going to be even bigger! Small Business Saturday will be happening all over the UK on Saturday 6th December 2014 and this includes WREXHAM! 

Earlier this week we spoke to Nigel Lewis from the Wrexham Town Centre Forum about what’s in store. To listen again to the interview click here 

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Wrexham- Maes-y Winners PictureA Wrexham based community group is amongst those celebrating this week after seeing off hundreds of applicants to be crowned a Skipton Building Society Grassroots Giving winner. The 161 winning groups won over the hearts and minds of the public and are to be awarded a £500 funding pot after securing a big enough proportion of the 27,000 votes cast.

After making it through to shortlisting stage, the UK’s fourth largest building society then profiled each group on their website and asked the public to vote for who they thought was the most deserving. Maes-y-Pant Action Group received enough public votes to make it into the top 161 winners, having had their story shared and their group showcased via Skipton’s social media activity.

This local community group is run by a handful of volunteers and they have previously struggled to secure funding. This self-funded group works hard to improve their local community and this funding donation from Skipton will play a huge role in their future growth.

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Focus 2015Following the much praised 2014 event, FOCUS Wales Music Festival returns to North Wales from 22ND – 25TH April 2015 for its 5th year!

FOCUS Wales will once again take over the town centre of Wrexham for four days, with organisers expecting an audience of around 4000 people, to see showcases from over 150 bands from Wales and around the globe, and a series of high profile and educational music industry seminars & events, plus three nights of stand-up comedy, hosted across various venues within the town.

First headliners announced for the 2015 festival include: After their energetic performance on Later with Jools Holland, and nomination for BBC Sound of 2015, SLAVES headline the opening night. Thursday night sees BBC RADIO 1 DJ HUW STEPHENS return to the festivalandfollowing on from the successful addition of stand-up comedy in 2014, the ‘German Comedy Ambassador to the United Kingdom’, HENNING WEHN will take to the stage on Thursday evening.

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2711EM-WFC01WREXHAM FC reckon they’ve shot themselves right into the big league with their latest Christmas pop-up store at the Eagles Meadow shopping centre in the town.

Steve Cook, commercial manager of the Vanarama Conference side now being successfully run by its own fans, says that with its prime location, slick presentation and huge range of top quality stock the store, which is open from now until early January, is equal to anything a Premiership club can offer its fans.

And he’s predicting that takings will smash through the £70,000 record set by the club’s shop in Eagles Meadow last festive season.

Steve said: “With the effort that’s gone into it I think you’d be hard pressed to find another store like this right up to Premiership level.

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